Coaching Profiles

Steve Biss:

Steve Biss is LTA Level 4 qualified.  In addition to this, Steve holds the Advanced Coaches Award sanctioned by Tennis Coaches Australia and the Tennis Teacher’s Award sanctioned by the United States Professional Tennis Registry.  

Steve has a full LTA license, which demonstrates that he is appropriately qualified, DBS checked, First Aid trained, safeguarding and protection in tennis trained and committed to continual professional development, which means he can offer a guarantee to all parents, players and clubs.

Steve has over 20 years coaching experience.  He began his career at Corby Indoor Tennis Centre and progressed to become the Universal Tennis Academy Head Coach in 1998.  In addition to this, he was appointed County 13 & Under Girls Manager and was also heavily involved in the County Training Programme.

In 2000, Steve took the opportunity to coach out in Australia and took on the role of Head Tennis Professional at Ferny Hills Tennis Centre in Brisbane where he worked with several highly ranked state juniors. In March 2003, Steve returned to the UK to become a Director of Northants Universal Tennis Academy. From 2004 to date, Steve has been Head Coach at Northampton County LTC.

Steve is also the County Age Group Manager for the 9&U Boys, Girls and 14&U Boys.

Steve’s on court work is predominantly with performance juniors. His individual coaching rate is £25 per hour.

Tel: 07791 688130

 

Dean Gayton:

With a competitive playing background of 20 years, experience of coaching abroad in venues such as Dubai, Vale Do Lobo & Barcelona, Dean has developed a wealth of experience in the game.

Qualified through the Professional Tennis Registry, LTA, (BSc) Sports Development, DBS checked and approved first aider, Dean enjoys working at all levels from complete beginner, to county/regional performance.

He is currently involved in the delivery of Uppingham, Wellingborough and Oundle school tennis programmes, and works heavily in the development of the clubs Adult team players.

Dean has represented the club, and Men's Northants County Team at the highest level, and is a Wilson affiliated coach.

Dean’s individual coaching rate is £25 per hour.

Tel: 07986 070904 | Email: [email protected]

 

Laura Mineards:

Laura Mineards is LTA level 3 qualified. In addition to this, Laura has a BSc Sports and Exercise Science Degree.

Laurahas a full LTA license, which demonstrates that he is appropriately qualified, DBS checked, First Aid trained, safeguarding and protection in tennis trained and committed to continual professional development, which means he can offer a guarantee to all parents, players and clubs.

Laura has been at the club from junior to senior and currently represents the club in the Ladies A Team. She has represented the county at both junior and senior level and has also played nationally and is currently the Northants Ladies county captain. Laura also works with the county juniors and is currently the Northants 8&U County age group manager.

Laura has now been coaching full time for 4 years and predominantly works within our junior development and performance programme. In addition to this she heads up our Tots Tennis programme and delivers our Adult Beginner sessions.

Laura has brought Cardio Tennis to the club which is a fun based tennis workout session and is open to total beginners to experienced tennis players.

Laura is also the clubs tournament organiser and runs various tournaments throughout the year.

Laura enjoys working with all ages and abilities, her individual coaching rate is £25 per hour.

Tel: 07766 557122

 

Mark Blincow

Mark Blincow is an LTA ECA qualified coach.

As a professional player, Mark had a world ranking of 660 and a GB ranking of 11. He has represented Great Britain nationally at 18 & under level and 35 & over level. Mark has also represented England at senior level.

Mark has undertaken county coaching for Northamptonshire, Oxfordshire and Bedfordshire. In addition to this, he coaches at Oundle and Rugby Schools.

Mark currently coaches two Sunday morning adult groups, offering lessons for Intermediate/Advanced players as well as Beginners/Improvers.

Marks individual coaching rate is £30 per hour.

Tel: 07803 208638 or 01604 76692